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Death in a Lonely Land: More Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting on Five Continents

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

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    A friend gave this book to me, as we have a shared interest in T

    A friend gave this book to me, as we have a shared interest in Tales of Adventure and of becoming one of Those Who Have Them as a Profession.  I have not hunted, to any significant extent in over 30 years, the only hunting writer I have read to any appreciable extent is Patrick McManus (he is hilarious) so I was uncertain as to how well I would connect with stories of hunting big game, months long safaris and professional fishing.  As it turns out, reading this book was more fun than a new bicycle on a summer day.
    The late Mr. Capstick, self-described “Professional Little Boy,” was a professional hunter in an age when such were common enough to merit a professional organization.  His experience as a “gun writer” for various hunting magazines offered him means and occasions to develop the skill necessary to survive hunting the most dangerous animals on the planet in places that cone be best described as “inhospitable” (deadly snakes, piranha, bugs that carry diseases yet to be named, etc.) and the skill to relate those incidents in sharp detail.  His writing is clear, crisp, engaging and exciting – so much so that I felt I was present as he (we) sat in a blind next to a tributary of the Amazon hunting Jaguar.  After he precisely described the experience of a deadly viper suddenly taking up space in the same blind, I was even more delighted to only have experienced the hunt separated by 40 years and the written word.
    The stories vary in locations from Florida, to Brazil, to the Heart of Africa and the quarry from Big Cats, to killer Orangutan, to wounded Water Buffalo, to Dragon Flies.  His writing is polished, allowing the reader to experience the intense heat and humidity of the Amazonian Jungle, the chill of sitting in a New Jersey duck blind in November and the salty air of Snooker fishing in Florida with a near physical depth. To pick one story to be the best, of the 23 gathered in this collection, is difficult.  As an individual who loved his BB gun when he was a boy, the story of Mr. Capstick’s Machine BB gun has the lead for “Story Best Able to Cause Intense Envy in Male Readers.”  This story details his helping to develop the first automatic BB gun, which he had mounted on the deck of his Lake Okeechobee home.  As I read this, I imagine a perfect place for a mount on my second-story deck.  My least favorite was “Four Fangs in a Tree Top,” the story of the author winning a bet by “bagging” a Jaguar in South America.  Apart from the now endangered animal being further depleted, sitting through the tale of a Barba Amarilla (Yellow Beard), one of the deadliest snakes in that part of the world, falling into the blind, at night, in the deep jungle, is the stuff of nightmares, not hobby.
    I hope to read other of Mr. Capstick’s books.  According to the bibliography in the early pages of the book, he penned a small library.  The book will probably not appeal to folks who do not hunt or who are uninterested in (or opposed to) firearms as tools.  There are graphic descriptions of animals being killed in the telling of some of these stories.  Mr. Capstick made his living hunting, as such he cared deeply that the animals he seeks are healthy, the population not hunted to total exhaustion and that those killed are dispatched swiftly and as painlessly as possible.  For those who like to hunt, or read good adventure tales, one could do far worse than this writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Wolfpaw

    Jumped at the hawk.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    A hawk

    Cawed and landed on a brancha fish in its talons.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    F

    Thank you so much my clan has faded away and i have found my way here and by chance what is your name. He meowed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Rosekit

    (First day of school today. Wont be on much. Wish me luck!)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    To rper sarah

    Can you go to rain water result one and join my clan lilystar

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Guys urgwnt

    B@n is shuting down rp by deleting accounts on 9-1-12if u want proofbgo to jenny oldfeild her first result and scroll down till u find a post by someone who works there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Sanit

    She jerked her paw out of the puddle and shook it dy. Nothing she mewed. Gg to scool.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Can i join

    A small light grey kit with dark swirls on around her feet right eye and left ear and light blue eyes lied down near the entace of the camp.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Can i join....

    Hi im longtail a white tom with orge flecks all over my body and light green eyes. Im loyal and trustworthy. I also need a mate.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    A tiny she kit

    A tiny she kit wobbled in. Her legs were unsturdy and looked ready to buckle. She was so tiny that she could hide under a bird and not be seen. Her pelt was muddy but underneath it was dove grey. Her eyes where a deep blue. Suddenly she collapsed from tierdness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Look here

    May i join and rp a kit?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Yiylfgdjds

    SOME ONE GO TO ICONIC FIRST RESULT AND POST THAT LEAFKIT IS LOCKED OUT AND TO MOVE TO DEB FIRST RESULT!!!! PLEASE I WAS ATTACKED BY A WOLF AND I COULDNT POST SO MY PARENTS PROBABLY THINK IM DEAD!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

    Leafkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Firepaw

    *leaves so he can find a mentor that will train him and a clan that is on more often*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Skyleaf

    See my post in first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    TURTLESTAR TO ANYONE

    WE MOVED CAMPS TO REPTILE ALL RESULTS!!~Turtlestar of Lightclan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    To Owlheart

    Can I rp Pandakit? Im on a lot. Like A LOT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Whitefire

    Same

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Frogstar to ALL URGENT

    Frogstar is my name. Camp has moved to fish and water! Honeyflower is locked out! If you havnt seen the ceremony yet go to result 8! Check out where everything is! She looks down at the little kit. We will talk at new camp ok? She picks the kit up by the scruff and heads toward camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Blacksoul

    A totally black tom sits at the edge of Fishclan camp. His onyx eyes unreadable...

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